We are the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 120 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club and a member club of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA).
Our next meeting will be on Thursday night, October 5th, at the PERA Club, beginning at 7:00 pm. The program will be “The QRZ.com Story” presented by the website's founder, Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ. QRZ was founded by Fred in 1992 "as a spinoff of what was once called the 'Callsign Project'". For DXers and award chasers, Fred's website creation has become an invaluable tool for researching QSL requirements and learning more about the people we talk to on the air.
Please feel free to arrive early to socialize with your friends. Refreshments will be served at the break. Guests are always welcome.
Sept. Meeting Recap
Announced DX Operations
Courtesy of The Daily DX™
Current Solar Data
Central Arizona DX Association
The September meeting program was given by Bud Semon, N7CW, and three other CADXA members of the Voodoo Contest Group (KC7V, KY7M, and AA7A). They recounted the 20+ year history of Voodude contest operations and then focused on their 2016 CQWW CW experience in Suriname as PZ5V at the QTH of Ramon, PZ5RA.
Mike, KC7V, is one of the original Voodudes and told a number of stories about the group's experiences in West Africa as they hauled their gear across borders from country to country.
Lee, KY7M, showed some of the sites the team saw last year while touring the area around Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.
Ned, AA7A, discussed the station set-up at PZ5RA's QTH and what the team is doing to try and improve their score when they return to PZ this November.
Bud discussed the contest results and also talked about their visit in Trinidad with YS1RR, now an ambassador to several Central American countries.
Thanks, Bud, for coordinating this
From DX Heat
The heat of the Arizona summer just won't quit, but it still beats living through hurricanes. My heart goes out to all of our W4 and W5 ham friends who live in harm's way and lost their stations or parts of their stations to the high winds and flooding caused by Harvey and Irma.
I left the Arizona heat for a week to go visit family and friends back in my hometown of Chicago. It was delightful to have windows open and a 60 degree breeze blowing through the apartment where we were staying. I hope we start feeling some cooler air here in the mornings when the days grow shorter as we move into fall. I also hope we start to get some enhanced DX propagation on the low bands as the summer storms begin to subside.
The sun has been full of surprises lately. This past Sunday morning (Sept.10), I was all set to chase some European stations on 20 meters in the WAE phone contest, but by the time I settled into my operating chair an X-class flare had wiped the band clean of all signals. I had to settle for working a few locals on 6 meters in the ARRL VHF Contest, not quite the same thing. It was the second flare in as many weeks and provided some improved propagation in advance of the solar explosion. I did work a pair of VU stations on 20m FT8 the morning before that last flare disturbed our ionosphere. How ironic that my question during the September meeting introductions was describing a memorable radio blackout from a solar disturbance.
It is that time of year when we get the Nominating Committee geared up to recommend a slate for next year. If you have an interest in serving on the CADXA Board, please let me know. If you are contacted by the Nominating Committee, I hope you will say "yes" and keep our momentum going as a leading DX club with an international reputation for excellence.
CADXA Repeater and Net
Join us on the K5VT repeater to announce and discuss DX. In addition, there is a Thursday night net at 7:00 pm except on CADXA meeting nights. The repeater and net are open to all DX enthusiasts.
147.32 MHz (+) no PL tone